Hawaii hands over part of road for lava detour

Hawaii hands over part of road for lava detour

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie has handed over part of a state road to county officials on the Big Island.

The handover announced Wednesday of nearly four miles of Chain of Craters Road will help Hawaii Island build a detour around the lava flow.

Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi says he's appreciative of the state's support. He says it will help crews prepare the road as quickly as possible.

Lava that began oozing from a volcano on June 27 poses a slow-motion threat to major roads. If the lava crosses Highway 130, it could isolate communities in lower Puna.

Officials say they can't predict when that might happen because the lava has substantially slowed.

Abercrombie had previously agreed to allow crews to rebuild the road as an emergency route.

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